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John Jordan <>
     saucepans against war
Miles Nordin <carton@Ivy.NET>
     Transcript of President George W. Bush's Address to the Nation
- G a r r e t t - <>
     "Banner-strike" contest
     War, Darwinism, and Theories
miguel leal <>
     E-Journal of Modern Strategy no.14 vol.3 (March 2003)
Brandon Keim <>
     a few thoughts on the antiwar movement
"a][nti][nglo.cubic" <>
text warez <>
     The deep politics of regime removal in Iraq - the PNAC think tank 

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Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 23:55:13 -0300
From: John Jordan <>
Subject: saucepans against war


When GEORGE BUSH comes on TV to announce the war we could all follow 
a long and simple tradition of popular rebellion, one that is not 
only beautiful but effective, one that has forced presidents out of 
office and inspired grassroots movements across the world.

It's so easy - As soon as the announcement for war begins, switch off 
the TV, go to the kitchen, pick up a saucepan and a spoon, go outside 
and just start to hit the pan as hard as you can. Your neighbours may 
join you; the noise could drift down your street, echo across your 
towns and cities, a message of dissidence building and spreading, 
drowning out the words of war.

The powerful repetitive rhythm of millions of clashing saucepans has 
been a staple of grassroots resistance in Eastern Europe in the early 
90's and recently in Latin America.  A colossal cacerolazo (literally 
- pot banging)  ousted the Argentine government in December 2001. 
Before the despised president was able to finish his TV announcement 
declaring a state of emergency, people spontaneously stood on their 
balconies banging saucepans, went out into the streets pounding pots, 
frying pans, kettles, baking trays - anything they could find; a 
virulent virus of hope infected the entire city with a disobedient 
cacophony, a rebellious scream that brought the middle classes, the 
poor, the young and the old together, kick starting a popular 
rebellion that continues spread across the country.

Armed with pots and pans, lets take to the streets and overwhelm the 
war mongers with the irresistable sound of rebellion.


  "Be realistic and do the impossible, because if we don't do the 
impossible, we face the unthinkable." Murray Bookchin

WE ARE EVERYWHERE - a radical publishing project is out this summer....

"The role of the revolutionary artist is to make revolution 
irresistible." Toni Cade Bambara

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Subject: Transcript of President George W. Bush's Address to the Nation
From: Miles Nordin <carton@Ivy.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 23:27:56 -0500

My fellow citizens, at this hour, we will defend our work of peace on
other targets of opportunity with global hawk predator drones.  This
long and expected war will have the gratitude, and for your gratitude
you have the grave sacrifices and forces of respect.  The trust of
hopes will undermine the morality of the enemy's convention of war.
We come to commitment with the ambition of millions of Americans
praying with our forces.  The only way to limit the duration of
victory is by carrying on decisive force.

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Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 10:34:49 +0000
From: - G a r r e t t - <>
Subject: "Banner-strike" contest


Hello everyone

The Banner Art Collective (, in collaboration with
Velvet-Strike (, announces the
Banner-Strike Contest.

Banner-Strike is a contest for digital graffiti and that is
created under specific limitations and which critically examines the
impending war in Iraq.  All entries will be displayed in's
ongoing banner art exhibition and also turned into a Velvet-Strike spray
(to be installed in Counter-Strike).  The winner of the contest will win
the October 2003 release of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and will be
highlighted on the front page of both sites for one month.

The deadline for submissions is 16 April, 2003.  The winner will be
announced on 18 April, 2003.

- Technical Requirements -

Submitted banners need to be in gif or jpeg/jpg format with no
animation.  All of the following sizes are acceptable: 234x60, 88x31,
120x60, 120x240, 125x125, 240x400, 300x250, 336x280 and 250x250. To
submit, go to and use the submission form upload your work
for review. Please mark in the "special requirements" field on the
upload form that your submission is for the contest and not just for
normal entry to the site's continuing banner art exhibition, submissions
for which are continuing as usual.

All entries will be shrunk proportionally and converted to a spray paint
.wad file by the creators of Velvet-Strike. You can do this conversion
yourself to test how your work might look, by downloading the freeware
application "Wally 1.55b" on the "Counterspray" site
( Below is the list of
conversion sizes that will be used:

234x60 half-banner->192x48
88x31 microbar->96x32 (with a transparent border)
120x60 button->96x48
120x240 button->64x128
125x125 button->96x96
240x400 rect->48x80
300x250 rect->96x80
336x280 rect->96x80
250x250 popup->96x96

Any technical questions should be directed to Brandon Barr
(, Garrett Lynch (, or
Anne-Marie Schleiner (


Garrett Lynch / Brandon Barr



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Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 09:42:56 EST
Subject: War, Darwinism, and Theories

War, Darwinism, and theories.
March 19, 8 pm
As the world goes to war, I noticed on my desk Edward Caudill's Darwinian 
Myths, The Legends and Misuses of a Theory.
It is always important to remember the place of theories of evolution in 
modern society, and the immense amount of confusion that enters into the 
public and private motivations of politicians and citizens. Social Darwinism, 
in other words. Disguised or open. Mostly disguised now, unlike the 
nineteenth century versions where the formula was out in the open. It is 
little appreciated that Social Darwinism is built into Darwinism. And as 
little appreciated that Darwinian selectionism is demonstrably false as a 
foundational theory of human evolution and history.
Social Darwinist thinking needs a red alert at such times as these, along 
with a reminder that beliefs about evolutionary theories are heavily promoted 
even as their foundations are open to severe question. Everyone has their 
cover story now, but the fundamental note of these economic and 
pseudo-evolutionary theories purrs in the background. For the implications of 
such theories are that conflict is the source of evolutionary advance. Many 
have a built in override of the unconscious consequences of such thinking, 
and experts write books of sophistry covering up the basic flaw in the 
theory. But there are many, millions, more, whose endless indoctrination in 
the public version of Darwinism, leaves them with the basic confusion ticking 
over, ready to seed its deadly fallacies in action. No clarification is ever 
allowed. No doubt is permissible. And yet the basic idea is easy to refute.

I am not discussing the merits or issues of the war/antiwar debate, just at 
the moment, but simply reflecting on Darwinism, as a war opens.
For what it is worth, for a society blinded by a theory, it is not true or 
proven that Darwin's theory of natural selection accounts for either the full 
emergence of man or the thrust of advance in civilization. And yet it is 
obsessively thought so, even by many scientists, and even given the easily 
located deep literature of science itself that speaks at a whisper that it is 
not so. That is the scandal. Amidst all this hitech weaponry, a simple 
bungler's job passes for science on the central issue of man.

Although the rationale of the current war on Iraq is expressed in terms of 
principles of freedom and international law (countered by the anti-war 
movement expressing a spectrum of leftist, pacifist, or anti-imperial 
viewpoints), arguments to be taken on their own merits, the underground and 
unconscious current of Social Darwinism is always to be suspected in these 
ventures, for the nexus of ideology in modern society is inescapable, and 
always stretched tightly between science, economics, ideology  as theory 
expressing conflict, economic competition, survival of the fittest,  
frequently with militarist overtones, and all this under the incorrect 
assumptions that Darwin's theory of natural selection is the prime mover of 
biological and hence social advance. The subtlest fallacy is the reduction of 
ethics to this thinking, in the override of common sense, in a series of 
abstractions that have lost contact with reality.
Darwin was a Malthusian, his 'theory' the spitting image of Spencerian 
thinking, its claim on objectivity one of the biggest fallacies of the 
history of science, and its casualty rate from 1859 onward something 
monumental, yet always improperly analyzed. Spencer is forever blamed for 
what gestated in Darwin's own mind. And a social theory is fed into biology 
and then back into cultural explanation. The theory is said to be biological, 
and said to its critics not to apply to history, even as the central metaphor 
is recycled as economic motive.
With expert stupidity all the smartest scientists seem to have turned off the 
red light warning, and made even the hint of doubt of a principle of great 
violence, and documented disasters, grounds for social ostracism, or rebuke 
of spirit.
These are the symptoms of ideology, where the intelligent are at risk.

The persistence of this myth is one of the most dangerous confusions of a 
scientific age and afflicts the scientific community as much as the general 
It is very easy to demonstrate the rampant contradictions of the current 
accounts of the descent of man, hence of any Darwinized history. Yet the 
ideology of this scientism proceeds apace.
Darwin's 'dangerous idea', to use the phrase of one of its current promoters, 
is dangerous indeed, and has left a trail of mayhem factored out of public 
accounts. We seem to take pride in its dangerousness in a muddle all too 
obvious in the original sentiments of Darwin. If the idea is indeed so 
dangerous, we should examine its foundations. They may be something amiss!

One of the first instances of such confusion was the influence of Social 
Darwinism on the Spanish-American War. Then on the First World War. Then on 
the Second, on Hitler. Before that we have the clear confusion in Darwin's 
mind  between historical and evolutionary mechanism,  and his definite muddle 
in bringing his theory into the issues of the Crimean War, a clear sign that 
he was in possession of no theory at all, and wretchedly primitive about the 
nature of theory itself, about history, about war, races, and exterminations, 
and about biological mechanism in relation to culture,as an abstraction 
assumed true of times never observed, and thence reapplied to history, about 
which men are blind, though they do observe it, blind to the contradictions 
visible there in the theory. Darwin was steeped in a seminal fallacy, and his 
followers have never been able to see through it, the more so as the genetic 
revolution has seemed to contribute to its seeming demonstration.
This is not a rejection of the facts of evolution, but rather a reminder that 
the relationship of theory, observation, past, and present, is a complexity 
never properly resolved by the biological sciences. And the successful 
efforts to rebuke to disguise the core 'Social Darwinist' nexus of the whole 
legacy simply confuses the more.

So it is important to consider the issue of the fake theory of evolution that 
stalks civil society in a triumphant propaganda always prone to the false and 
incorrect feedback of theory and conflict. This is Social Darwinist almost by 
definition, since the assumption is that conflict has produced a new species 
man, hence the value and significance of that process. And yet the thinking 
is false through and through.  We think we live in a scientific age, and the 
best and brightest give their signature to a myth of man's becoming, even as 
they proceed as drones of a theory, and one with a bloody legacy.

John Landon
Debriefing Darwinism

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Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 16:56:45 +0000
From: miguel leal <>
Subject: E-Journal of Modern Strategy no.14 vol.3 (March 2003)

E-Journal of Modern Strategy
no.14 vol.3
February 2003

Military sites in the United States A to Z. Letter C (D will follow shortly).

This Journal is edited by the MOMS's Analytical Department.
This Volume 3 is a special collaboration with the International Department.

Please contact us at

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Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 13:50:05 -0500
Subject: a few thoughts on the antiwar movement
From: Brandon Keim <>

The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling
through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the
earth is still going round the sun, and neither the dictators nor the
bureaucrats, deeply as they disapprove of the process, are able to prevent

-- George Orwell, "Some Thoughts on the Common Toad"

This past weekend I traveled to our nation's capitol, driven by the urge to
be present at the last major protests before the war.  I deliberately
traveled by train, rumbling through the night-shrouded Eastern seaboard
sprawl and arriving in DC just after dawn.

The city was quiet, its streets empty and intimate.  I wandered for a while,
past the monuments and federal buildings; how solid they are, reassuring in
their bulk and solemn splendor, silent testaments to the timeless ideals
that their current inhabitants have forgotten.  The first blush of spring
was in the air:  a crisp sweetness, fresh and green, a faint but undeniable
sense of life reborn.

It was this feeling, rather than any slogans or chants or speeches, that I
sought.  In the moments before war, do any of us really want to hear more
arguments, more documentations of the lies our leaders have told, more
indictments of their hypocrisy and meanness?  What I want is some clarity,
some insight into what these heady months have meant, when we have felt
newly united with millions at home and around the world, and seen so many
who were once quiet or indifferent now determined and proud.

There is a growing fear that the antiwar movement will be shattered by the
coming war -- first by the disappointment that our energy and intention was
not enough to stop it, and then by the possibility of the war's "successful"
prosecution.  In a public sense, it is not what actually happens in Iraq
that matters, but the propaganda that is produced.  Tens of thousands of
dead Iraqis, a few thousand American casualties, Saddam deposed and a sham
democracy installed -- all this will be portrayed by the Bush administration
as a victory, regardless of how many terrorists are bred, how much suffering
is to come, and how much farther our world is from peace.

At the rally speakers repeatedly proclaimed that the war could not be waged
unless the people went along with it.  Perhaps it has been necessary to tell
ourselves this, but it has never seemed believable; and I hoped that nobody
believed it, for fear of their coming disillusionment.  It is important to
understand that, just as the war in Iraq is only a stage in the
administration's larger plans, resistance to the war is only the first step
in our struggle to stop them.  The protests have given us a chance to find
our voices, to link arms literal and figurative; to lay the foundations of a
true movement.  A great deal of work remains -- but how successful we have

For every sign of darkness -- the war, of course, and also rising
xenophobia, unveiled neo-McCarthyism, reactionary legislation, police-state
surveillance, and renewed threats of terrorism -- there are glimmers of
hope.  In the face of madness we have come together: not just the
traditional Left, but average citizens who realized that democracy requires
the stewardship of its citizens, that the corporate media is not the only
source of history, and that power should not be blindly trusted.  Compared
to the first year after September 11, when it seemed like dissent would
forever be forced to creep in shadows and corners, this is a time of

As the rally progressed I retreated to a distance where the words of the
speakers ran together, and the signs were so much color.  The sounds of
drummers wove through the din, throaty chants, claps, cheers; ceaseless
streams of people joined the mass from every direction, and the crowd surged
slowly around the Washington Monument, resembling nothing so much as waves
on the ocean, a natural and irresistible force.

Spring has arrived, and we are only just beginning.

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Subject: impeachment 
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 20:02:07 MET

U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 4: The President, Vice President,
and all civil officers of the U.S. shall be removed from office on
impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crime and

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Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 08:51:25 +1100
From: "a][nti][nglo.cubic" <>

:: Thursday, March 20, 2003 :: 

the all clear siren just went on.
The bombing aould come and go in waves, nothing too heavy and not yet
comparable to what was going on in 91. all radio and TV stations are still
on and while the air raid began the Iraqi TV was showing patriotic songs
and didn't even bother to inform viewers that we are under attack. at the
moment they are re-airing yesterday's interview with the minister of
interior affairs. THe sounds of the anti-aircarft artillery is still louder
than the booms and bangs which means that they are still far from where we
live, but the images we saw on Al Arabia news channel showed a building
burning near one of my aunts house, hotel pax was a good idea. we have two
safe rooms one with "international media" and the other with the Iraqi TV
on. every body is waitingwaitingwaiting. phones are still ok, we called
around the city a moment ago to check on friends. Information is what they
need. Iraqi TV says nothing, shows nothing. what good are patriotic songs
when bombs are dropping
around 6:30 my uncle went out to get bread, he said that all the streets
going to the main arterial roads are controlled by Ba'ath people. not
curfew but you have to have a reason to leave your neighborhood, and the
bakeries are, by instruction of the Party, seeling only a limited amount of
bread to each customer. he also says that near the main roads all the yet
unfinished houses have been taken by party or army people.

:: salam 10:33 PM [+] :: 
I watched al sahaf on al-jazeera. he said that the US has bombed the Iraqi
sattelite channel, but while he was saying that the ISC was broadcasting
and if it really did hit the ISC headquarters it would have been right in
the middle of baghdad. what was probably hirt were transmiters or
something. all TV stations are still working. 
:: salam 4:28 PM [+] :: 

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Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 00:54:56 +0100 (MET)
From: text warez <>
Subject: The deep politics of regime removal in Iraq - the PNAC think tank 

The deep politics of regime removal in Iraq: Overt conquest, covert
Part Three: The US war lobby and the disciples of NSC-68

By Larry Chin
Online Journal Contributing Editor

November 7, 2002?The roots of the George W. Bush administration's policy for
Iraq "regime change" can be traced to strategies formulated since the early
1990s by a small network of inveterate Cold Warriors linked by philosophical
lineage and war-intelligence policy collaborations.
This tightly-knit cabal stretches across the current and previous White
Houses, the State Department, the CIA, the National Security Council, the boards
of neo-conservative think tanks and the boards of transnational corporations
(including Washington-linked energy and war-technology companies). Virtually
all of the players are members of elite planning bodies, such as the Council
on Foreign Relations. Many of them are indicted criminals?five individuals
were direct participants in the Iran-Contra operation.
All have, over the course of their intertwined careers, advocated
imperialist policies involving 1) pre-emptive wars, 2) the conquest of Iraq and Iran,
and the breakup of Saudi Arabia, 3) hard-line support of Israel, Ariel Sharon
and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and 5) the
encirclement and containment of Russia and China.
Tracking the Iraq Regime Change Network: The Gang's All Here
1. 1992 Pentagon Defense Planning Guidance. As noted by Joe Taglieri (From
the Wilderness 10/1/02), this was one of the first official regime removal
plans, prepared for then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney by his two assistants:
Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
Lewis Libby

2. The Open Letter of 1998. In February 1998, 40 "prominent Americans" a
signed an open letter to President Clinton, which formed the basis of the Iraqi
Liberation Act of 1998.
This letter calling for an insurrection, and recognition of the (CIA-backed)
Iraqi National Congress as the official government of Iraq, was spearheaded
by Ahmed Chalabi of the INC. Signers of the letter were:
Chair of the Defense Policy Board Richard Perle
VP Dick Cheney
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
Former CIA Director James Woolsey
Defense Undersecretary Doug Feith
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Frank Gaffney
Deputy Secretary of State and Iran-Contra participant Richard Armitage
Former CIA operative and Iran-Contra participant Duane "Dewey" Clarridge
NSC official, former Secretary of State and Iran-Contra participant Elliott
Former Defense Secretary and Iran-Contra participant Caspar Weinberger
Former Defense Secretary and Carlyle Group chairman Frank Carlucci
Zalmay Khalilzad, current US envoy to Afghanistan, former UNOCAL consultant
and RAND Corporation official
Former National Security Adviser and Iran-Contra participant Robert

3. Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. The act itself was promoted in Congress by
Woolsey, Clarridge, and now-Deputy National Security Advisor for
Counter-terrorism Wayne Downing. The act (a piece of bombastic anti-Saddam 
propaganda full of historical falsehoods) passed Congress and was signed by 
Clinton, with scant attention from the public at large. Its major sponsors: 
Newt Gingrich
Senator Joseph Lieberman
Senator John McCain

Fast-forwarding to the present, we find the same network driving Bush
administration policy, from within the Pentagon as well as from the outside.
4. 1998-Bush II foreign policy team selected. In the summer of 1998, in
meetings arranged by former President George H.W. Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine,
and headed by Condoleeza Rice, the George W. Bush foreign policy team?the
"Vulcans"?is chosen. "If the brain trust reflects who the governor would put in
office if elected president, his administration would be to the right not only
of his father's but also of Ronald Reagan's," reported Robert Novak to the
Washington Post. Among group's leading members we find: 

5. Defense Policy Board. This "civilian" advisory board makes Pentagon
policy "recommendations" to the Defense Department (Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and
Perle (chair)
Eliot Cohen, chairman of the PNAC
Henry Kissinger
Former CIA Director James Schlesinger

6. Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). This Johns
Hopkins University think tank is well known for churning out policies based
on US aggression. Associated with SAIS are:
Zbigniew Brezezinksi
Thomas Donnelly

7. The Project for a New American Century (PNAC). This think tank published
a plan for toppling Iraq in 2000 based on the Wolfowitz-Cheney-Libby 1992
Defense Planning Guidance.
Cohen (chair)
Jeb Bush

8. Center for Security Policy (CSP).
Gaffney (chair)
Feith (former chair)

9. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). On the board of
this think tank is a cross-section of the most hawkish members of the Iraq war
lobby, along with more "diplomacy-oriented" former officials:
Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft (chair)
Ray Lee Hunt (Hunt Oil, Texas)

10. Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
Scowcroft (chair)
Former CIA Director John Deutch

11. US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce. As documented by Professor Michel
Chossudovsky in War and Globalisation, the GUUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan,
Azerbaijan, Moldava) alliance formed by NATO in 1999 sits at the hub of
Caspian oil and gas wealth. Central to the GUUAM is the US client-state of
Azerbaijan. Its Chamber of Commerce reads like a 9/11/Iraq War who's who: 
Former Secretary of State James Baker

Where It All Began: Nitze and NSC-68
Most if not all leaders of the Iraq war lobby are disciples, proteges and
students of proto-hawk Paul H. Nitze and the Nitze School of Advanced
International Studies (SAIS). Nitze, a former Dillon, Read investment banker 
(whose company floated loans for the Third Reich) and member of the Council 
on Foreign Relations, founded the SAIS in 1944. Nitze advised five US 
presidents and held high-level cabinet positions in every presidential 
administration (except Jimmy Carter's) until his retirement in 1989.
The 1950 NSC Memorandum 68, written by Nitze (for then-Secretary of State
Dean Acheson) was the policy basis of the Cold War. Every successive US
administration has implemented hard-line policies that can be directly traced 
to NSC-68, which calls for the destruction of the Soviet Union and unrivaled 
US military power. According to former CIA agent Philip Agee, NSC-68 was the
remilitarization plan that led to the establishment of a permanent war 
economy and an eternal "national security" apparatus.
The memo also asserted for the first time, in the name of national security,
pre-emptive US claims on scarce economic and social resources anywhere in
the world.
NSC-68 specifically stated that "Soviet domination of the potential power of
Eurasia, whether achieved by armed aggression or by political and subversive
means, would be strategically and politically unacceptable to the United
The 9/11 War itself is the realization of the "Eurasian" imperative of
NSC-68. Zbigniew Brzezinski, a Nitze protege and SAIS board member, has long 
been obsessed with "Eurasia." His "Clash of Civilizations" geostrategy is 
spelled out in the book "The Grand Chessboard"?a virtual map of the current 
The Perle-Wolfowitz Cabal
Two other Nitze disciples, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle, are arguably
the key drivers of the Bush war policy. The two fanatical hawks have
collaborated for more than two decades.
As revealed in an article in the New York Times (10/12/01), members of the
Perle/Wolfowitz faction met for more than 19 hours on September 19?20, 2001 to
"make the case" for a war against Iraq, the removal of Saddam Hussein, and
the seizure of Iraqi oil, immediately after the conclusion of the war in
Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld attended these meetings. Part of
the discussion focused on manufacturing evidence connecting Saddam Hussein to
the 9/11 attacks. 
Before becoming Deputy Defense Secretary, Wolfowitz was the chairman and
dean of the SAIS. He has been a "strategist" since 1973, and has held a number
of high level defense posts and was undersecretary of defense during George
H.W. Bush's administration. Since 9/11/01, Wolfowitz has pushed aggressively
for unilateral US military action in Iraq, and anywhere in the world.
Immediately following 9/11, Wolfowitz submitted a plan (referred by Pentagon 
insiders as "Operation Infinite War") that called for the bombing of Iraq, 
Syria, and Lebanon.
Perle earned the nickname "The Prince of Darkness" for his fanatical views,
which include the use of nuclear weapons. Perle, a militant supporter of
Israel, seeks to "bring the Muslim world to its knees." Perle was an assistant
secretary of defense for international security during the Reagan
administration, and is a fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Perle 
currently sits
as chairman of the powerful Defense Policy Board and advises (and many
believe controls) the Bush defense team. He is privy to classified information
(despite being a "civilian") and has reportedly manipulated information in 
order to further the policy goals of his faction.
In a (semi-friendly) interview with David Corn of The Nation (5/10/02)
regarding plans for an Iraqi coup, the ruthless Perle declared that "The 
Army guys
don't know anything," and that it would only take 40,000 troops to "take
control of the north and the south, cut off Saddam's oil, make him a pauper." 
James Woolsey: Iraqi Opposition Agent
Former CIA Director Woolsey is another important Nitze disciple, member of
the Defense Policy Board, SAIS board member and Perle-Wolfowitz colleague.
Nitze hired Woolsey for the SALT I negotiating team during the Carter years.
Woolsey served Perle as general counsel of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
During the Reagan-Bush era, Woolsey worked with Brent Scowcroft's strategic
forces commission and on other defense assignments.
Woolsey also sits on the board of such spy-military industrial companies as
DynCorp, Martin Marietta, British Aerospace Inc, Fairchild Industries. Along
with a number of US elites, he is deeply involved in Central Asian oil
politics and sits on the US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce.
Immediately after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Woolsey went to the media
to blame the operation on Saddam Hussein. Woolsey flew to London in October
2001 with officials of the Defense and State Departments to gather evidence
linking Hussein to 9/11.
At a July 24, 2002, Washington symposium hosted by the Institute of World
Politics, Woolsey told the audience, "We are in a world war, we are in World
War Four." He also declared that it had begun on 9/11, and he called for a
pre-emptive strike against Iraq?even without a "smoking gun." In his speech,
Woolsey declared that Saddam's "general support of terrorism" was enough
Woolsey's anti-Saddam stance is no surprise, considering that he is a
partner in the law firm of Shea & Gardner. Shea & Gardner is registered as a
"foreign agent" for the Iraqi National Congress.
In 1998, Woolsey defended six INC-affiliated Iraqi resistance fighters whom
the Clinton administration was trying to deport back to Iraq. Woolsey
eventually negotiated a deal that domiciled five of the Iraqi agents in 
Woolsey was so incensed with the Clinton administration, and the intelligence
community that had "spurned" him, that he bitterly called America "a fascist
Woolsey's intemperate "get Iraq" views continue to be featured prominently
throughout the media. published a typical offering, in which Woolsey
connected 9/11 to the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and suggested that
Ramsey Youssef was an Iraqi agent (not a member of Al Qaeda). 
Rumsfeld "Goes Massive"
On 9/11/01, barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into
the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up
with plans for striking Iraq?even though there was no evidence linking Saddam
Hussein to the attacks.
On 9/11, according to CBS correspondent David Martin (9/5/02), "Rumsfeld
ordered the military to begin working on strike plans (against Iraq). And at
2:40 p.m., the notes quote Rumsfeld as saying he wanted 'best info fast. Judge
whether good enough hit S.H.'?meaning Saddam Hussein?'at same time. Not only
UBL'?the initials used to identify Osama bin Laden. 
 "'Go massive,' the notes quote him as saying. 'Sweep it all up. Things
related and not.' Now, nearly one year later, there is still no evidence Iraq 
involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. But if these notes are accurate, that
didn't matter to Rumsfeld."
In an August 11, 2002, New York Times article, the sinister Rumsfeld stated
with callousness, "Wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if Iraq were similar to
Afghanistan, if a bad regime was thrown out, people were liberated, food could
come in, borders could be opened, repression could stop, prisons could be
opened? I mean, wouldn't it be fabulous?"
Rumsfeld, a long-time supporter of the Iraqi National Congress, as Middle
East envoy during the Reagan presidency was also directly responsible for the
arming of Saddam Hussein. Journalist Jeremy Scahill reported that "in 1984,
Donald Rumsfeld was in a position to draw the world's attention to Saddam's
chemical threat. He was in Baghdad as the UN concluded that chemical weapons 
had been used against Iran. He was armed with a fresh communication from the
State Department that it had available evidence Iraq was using chemical 
weapons.  But Rumsfeld said nothing."
Notes On Other Players
In addition to being a long-time ally of the INC and other Iraqi opposition
groups, Dick Cheney exploited post-Gulf War Iraq as the CEO of Halliburton.
According to the Washington Post (2/20/00), Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll-Dresser
Pump, subsidiaries of Halliburton Corporation, played a dominant role in the
reconstruction of Iraq's oil industry. While the United States and Britain
waged almost daily air strikes against military installations in northern and
southern Iraq, Halliburton was doing business with Saddam Hussein's
government and helping to rebuild its battered oil industry. Halliburton is 
believed to have earned $1 billion by illegally exporting oil through black 
market channels.
Like Cheney, John Deutch has had it both ways in Iraq. As CIA Director, he
oversaw some of the agency's mid to late 1990s coup and assassination
attempts. But Deutch profited in post-Gulf War Iraq as a board member of
Schlumberger, the second largest US oil services company (he remains on the 
board today).
The company won at least three contracts for well-logging equipment and
geological software to Iraq via a French subsidiary, Services Petroliers
Schlumberger, and through Schlumberger Gulf Services of Bahrain. Deutch is
well-situated. In addition to being an Institute Professor at MIT, a director
of Citigroup, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral
Commission and a Bilderberger, Deutch sits on the board of Raytheon. In 1999,
the CIA suspended Deutch's security clearance after concluding that he had
mishandled national secrets on his home computer.  Wayne Downing is the current
Director of Combating Terrorism for the Homeland Security Defense Board. As
reported by journalist Seymour Hersh (New Yorker, 12/20/01), Downing ran
Special Forces command during the Gulf War, and was involved in a Delta Force
operation that killed or wounded an estimated 180 Iraqis, with no US losses.
According to Hersh, "Downing loved it." In 1997?1998, Downing co-wrote a plan
with CIA veteran Duane "Dewey" Clarridge to overthrow Saddam Hussein using
Kurdish and Shi'ite fighters. Clarridge was CIA Division Chief, and chief of
CIA Contra support operations from 1982?1984. Clarridge met regularly with
Manuel Noriega, Jorge Morales and other narco-traffickers. He helped Oliver
North establish the Ilopango air base in El Salvador as a staging point for
Contra supply/CIA cocaine operations. A major Iran-Contra player, he was
indicted on seven counts of perjury by Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh. He
also supplied logistics help that sent US arms to Iran. In his notorious final
act as president, George H.W. Bush pardoned Clarridge, Elliott Abrams, Caspar
Weinberger and Robert McFarlane?-all of whom have played active roles in recent
anti-Saddam operations.  Rifts Within the War Lobby While there is unanimous
agreement within the Bush administration about an Iraq "regime change" (and
strong support from Congress, including Senators Lieberman, Biden, McCain and
Daschle), there have been disagreements among the hawks about how it should be
The militant Perle-Wolfowitz faction has butted heads with elites favoring a
more "international consensus"-oriented approach (Powell, Kissinger,
Scowcroft). Even Deputy Secretary of State and career covert operative Richard
Armitage, a signatory to the 1998 anti-Iraq letter and a supporter of the Iraq
Liberation Act, has viewed some of the Perle-Wolfowitz-Iraqi National Congress
plans with suspicion.
In the most embarrassing flap to date, at a July 10, 2002, Defense Policy
Board briefing, Rand analyst and Perle protege Laurent Murawiec identified
Saudi Arabia as an enemy of the United States. Many believe that Perle planned
this move, which caused worldwide turmoil and angered other members of the Bush
It remains to be seen which war faction wins out, and what manner of rampage
will be unleashed.


War rethorics now and then 

Proclamation by Adolf Hitler - September 1,1939.

Proclamation by Adolf Hitler, Chancellor of the Reich, to the German Army,
September 1,1939. The Polish State has refused the peaceful settlement of
relations which I desired, and has appealed to arms. Germans in Poland are
persecuted with bloody terror and driven from their houses. A series of
violations of the frontier, intolerable to a great Power, prove that Poland is
no longer willing to respect the frontier of the Reich.  In order to put an end
to this lunacy, I have no other choice than to meet force with force from now
on. The German Army will fight the battle for the honour and the vital rights
of reborn Germany with hard determination. I expect that every soldier, mindful
of the great traditions of eternal German soldiery, will ever remain conscious
that he is a representative of the National-Socialist Greater Germany. Long
live our people and our Reich! 

Proclamation by George W. Bush - March 16, 2003
I'm standing here with you and our friends as we work toward a great cause,
and that is peace and security in this world.... We concluded that tomorrow
is a moment of truth for the world. Many nations have voiced a commitment to
peace and security, and now they must demonstrate that commitment to peace and
security in the only effective way: by supporting the immediate and
unconditional disarmament of Saddam Hussein. ...The dictator of Iraq and his 
weapons of mass destruction are a threat to the security of free nations. He is
a danger to his neighbors. He is a sponsor of terrorism. He is an obstacle to
progress in the Middle East.


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